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Luftmensch

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Hey KKF,

I am genuinely curious. The title says it all.


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Moriah Cowles at Orchard Steel from Vermont

I’ve never tried one, but from the looks and the description they seem totally legit. They are, however, not easy to come by, since you need to enter a lottery (which suggests that she is rather successful)
 

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How about the smith who forged the Konosuke MM series?
 

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How about the smith who forged the Konosuke MM series?
You mean the sharpener? I thought the smith was still Tanaka, but maybe I’m wrong. Someone on here said her name was Mori, unless I’m misremembering. Hopefully someone can set me straight.
 

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Leila Haddad from Tharwa Valley Forge in Canberra. Learnt the craft from her father Karim when she was very young. I'm no expert but the knives she displayed at the Melbourne Blade show in 2018 looked pretty good to me. I think she was only 15 at the time. She already teaches knife making. Watch this space.

Tharwa Valley Forge - Leila Haddad
IG: leilasknives

Edit: updated links
 
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How about the smith who forged the Konosuke MM series?
Mizuki Mori, I believe she is Hiromi Morimoto aka Morihiro's daughter. I'm fairly certain she was/is the smith for the Konosuke MM knives but I'm not sure who the sharpener is but possibly her work as well. If I'm wrong and someone has more definite information please correct me.
 

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I'd have to agree with Haley DeRosiers and Andrea Lisch.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I may be a bit biased because I'm lucky to be able to call Andrea a friend.)
 

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Mizuki Mori, I believe she is Hiromi Morimoto aka Morihiro's daughter. I'm fairly certain she was/is the smith for the Konosuke MM knives but I'm not sure who the sharpener is but possibly her work as well. If I'm wrong and someone has more definite information please correct me.
Mori was the sharpener for the MM, and she is not Morihiro’s daughter, not sure where you’re getting that from
 

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Define 'killing it'? Chelsea Miller prob the most successful. [Sorry @ecchef, I know CM not a fave of yours]
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Fair point. "Killing it" is pretty vague. I mean mastery of the craft. Good heat treatment. Good profile. Good grind. Fit and finish. Aesthetics (although recognise the increasing subjectivity in those last few)
 

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Fair point. "Killing it" is pretty vague. I mean mastery of the craft. Good heat treatment. Good profile. Good grind. Fit and finish. Aesthetics (although recognise the increasing subjectivity in those last few)
Ahhhh, in that case, scratch CM from the list.
 

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Fumie Shibata designed the Tadafusa knives.
 

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Mori was the sharpener for the MM, and she is not Morihiro’s daughter, not sure where you’re getting that from
According to Mark, Mori is the Smith and Myojin is the sharpener.
 

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According to Mark, Mori is the Smith and Myojin is the sharpener.
I continue to be confused by the who/which re each task with these MMs but there are 3 points I’d like to make:

1) the 240 MM is my best cutter, even better than my Toyamas.

2) it’s cool AF that afaik the smith is a woman. My best friend is a rare female in a similar male dominated craft vs art industry and she kills it.

3) repeat point #1
 

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Found the vid. Even though Jean Luis is doing the takedown, the one I've seen hunched over the 2x72 is Veronique.
I really wonder what these makers think. “We know all the practical ways to make a really solid knife. Is there a horribly impractical way to do it? Hold my wine.”
Edit: "hold my beer" - i remembered she's Belgian do beer is OK to say
 
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I continue to be confused by the who/which re each task with these MMs but there are 3 points I’d like to make:

1) the 240 MM is my best cutter, even better than my Toyamas.

2) it’s cool AF that afaik the smith is a woman. My best friend is a rare female in a similar male dominated craft vs art industry and she kills it.

3) repeat point #1
At least everyone agrees that Mizuki Mori is the smith.
Which MM do you have Blue 2 or Ginsan? To Go has some Blue #2s currently in stock but the length labeling is curious. The "210s" are listed as having 201 edge length suggesting measurement from the machi but the "250s" are claimed to be a true 250mm edge which suggests that either they were originally made as 270s (measured from the machi) or this is from a separate batch (newer??) measured from the heel. It could just be an example of the not always entirely reliable To Go published specs. I am unaware of any new, post-pregnancy, batches but I'm certainly no expert.
I agree that they are really good performers and rather under the radar.
 

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I have the Blue #2 in both the “240” and “210” and they are both wonderful but the 240 blew me away, and was my first knife that has been a definitive keeper.

I would like to pick up one of the 250s even though as a home cook I can hardly justify it. I don’t think of myself as a collector but I just love the knives and the fact that the smith is a woman makes them that much more special.

I’ll probably look for a ginsan one eventually as well.
 

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CM is killing the marketing and supercharges the hype machine
 

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Moriah Cowles at Orchard Steel from Vermont

I’ve never tried one, but from the looks and the description they seem totally legit. They are, however, not easy to come by, since you need to enter a lottery (which suggests that she is rather successful)
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I’m pretty sure Kosuke said in a thread on the other forum that there will be no more MMs due to lack of interest.:rolleyes:
At least everyone agrees that Mizuki Mori is the smith.
Which MM do you have Blue 2 or Ginsan? To Go has some Blue #2s currently in stock but the length labeling is curious. The "210s" are listed as having 201 edge length suggesting measurement from the machi but the "250s" are claimed to be a true 250mm edge which suggests that either they were originally made as 270s (measured from the machi) or this is from a separate batch (newer??) measured from the heel. It could just be an example of the not always entirely reliable To Go published specs. I am unaware of any new, post-pregnancy, batches but I'm certainly no expert.
I agree that they are really good performers and rather under the radar.
 
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